Welcome to the May 2020 issue of ‘Brainstorm’

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“Brainstorm,” a special edition of YFile publishing on the first Friday of every month, showcases research and innovation at York University. It offers compelling and accessible feature-length stories about the world-leading and policy-relevant work of York’s academics and researchers across all disciplines and Faculties and encompasses both pure and applied research.

York University Libraries create a new, globally accessible COVID-19 research guide
In an initiative spearheaded by the Dean of Libraries, Joy Kirchner, York University Libraries has created a comprehensive new resource for researchers around the world that is devoted exclusively to COVID-19, and it could not be timelier.

Study predicts brain tumour response to therapy, could improve patient outcomes
A York University researcher, who led a team from U of T and Sunnybrook, undertook a study to predict whether a metastatic brain tumour would respond to radiotherapy or not. Early alterations in treatment, based on the prediction, could improve patient outcomes.

Limitless possibilities: ‘Curious Creatures’ takes VR to a whole new level
A mind-blowing project from AMPD immerses human participants in virtual reality (VR) environments where they interact with computers to, collectively, build the experience.

Researcher creates practitioners’ resource that supports people with disabilities 
A professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science led a study that looked at resources for practitioners to use while working with individuals with disabilities engaging in physical activities. She and her team built an important new tool for these practitioners.

New book on breast cancer shifts narrative away from happy survivor
Interdisciplinary scholar in the health humanities and critical social sciences, creative writer and poet Emilia Nielsen turns conventional breast cancer narratives on their head in a new book that considers the complexity of emotions, including rage, that many women feel associated with this disease.

Launched in January 2017, “Brainstorm” is produced out of the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation in partnership with Communications & Public Affairs; overseen by Megan Mueller, senior manager, research communications; and edited by Jenny Pitt-Clark, YFile editor and Ashley Goodfellow Craig, YFile deputy editor.